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Another Power Mac G5 Mod :D

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hey guys,

 

so here is my G5 Casemod. About a year i had the idea to install osx on my PC. 4 weeks ago i finally bought my new PC and assembled it together. OSX 10.8.2 is running smooth on my system.

 

My System:

 

Apple OS X Mountain Lion 1.8.2

http://itunes.apple.....512?ls=1&mt=12

 

MB:

Gigabyte Ga H77M D3H (mATX cause of casemodding a G5)

 

CPU:

Intel Core i5 3450

 

GPU:

Gainward GTX 560 (nonti) (natively supported !! no extra kexts !)

 

RAM:

Kingston Value Ram 16GB 1333MHz (4x4 GB)

 

CD/DVD:

cheap Samsung CD/DVD burner

 

PSU:

Cougar 450W

 

Already Owned:

 

HDD:

Seagate Barracuda 250 GB

 

Monitor:

Acer 22" TFT LCD

 

Mouse + Keyboard:

Logitech Mouse + Apple Keyboard

 

at the same time i bought an old power mac G5 case on ebay. it was broken (cpu). i read a lot here about casemodding a G5 and where the difficulties are. I decided to go the hard way and let this beautiful case his clean look icon_e_biggrin.gif that meant i had do solder a lot with ab bit of cutting and gluing. For the additional cables for USB, Audio and Ethernet i used my old case. it had plenty of it icon_thumbup.gif

 

this is what i am modding

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and this is the case after disassembling icon_e_biggrin.gif some parts were hard to remove ! i like how apple thought about the airflow in this case. maybe i can reuse some of the metalplates to get a better airflow.

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"unboxing" the PSU icon_e_biggrin.gif i will reuse the old plug and wire it to my PC PSU

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this is where you have to solder the audio out cables

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and this is the soldering position for the 2 USB ports

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the soldering station i used

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prepaired cables right before i soldered them.

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audio and Usb soldering points (not marked yet)

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thats where the problems startet. audio is bit too quiet... i guess its the soldering. i didnt do it right. the USB ports dont work at all. but a big goal was that ethernet worked 100%. i have 32.000er DSL and the tested speed through the soldered Ethernet was 29.000er and upload 1000. good enough :D

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i also costumized the PSU. i was fitting it into the Mac's PSU case. I cut the PSU plug and reused it for my PC PSU. works just fine !

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aaand then testing the soldered PSU with my old Core 2 Duo and my 9600 GT. i also rewired the apple original PSU fans (carefull: they are loud) just solder the black cable to the red wire of the connecter and black to red connector cable. they are cooling the PSU quiet good icon_thumbup.gif

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at least i soldered the front I/O cables after a scetch i found here on tonymac. just cant find it right now. problem was that the cablenumbers on the sketch were different to mine. but i just had to change 2 pins and the power button and the LED worked.

 

this is the "final" prototype of my running system this evening. i tested all components and they work. now i have to build in HDD cage, dvd drive and my (hopefully) better soldered rear panel I/O.

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the next day. i bought glue to glue the original mobo mountings to the back of the case. this costs 8,50€ and is epoxy-2-components glue which is mixing automaticly.

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This is a close look on how i glued the pins onto the case

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after waiting for about 90min (30min blow drying cause the glue is stronger when its drying at about 40-70°C) i glued the rear I/O plate in its right position

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this is how the rear I/O looks. nice and clean without any cutting icon_thumbup.gifheadbang.gif

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I like it so far!

 

... you should really upload the pictures here - quicker loads and keeps the evil one at bay...

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I like it so far!

 

... you should really upload the pictures here - quicker loads and keeps the evil one at bay...

 

havent figured out where to upload :D more pics coming soon as i did some cutting to the rear panel and assembling the dvd drive and HDD cage

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Just click the More Reply Options at the bottom right of the post/reply windows, that'll bring you to the full editor, and on the bottom left of that window you'll see the upload files.

 

Looking forward to the new pics!

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it depends on what ethernet jack you have. then type "ethernet pinout a" or "ethernet pinout b" into google searchbar and click on images :D

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more photos will come but right now the project is on ice. i got no money to spend for new cables 'n {censored}...

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How did you manage to get that UTP socket to work?

Did you only solder the 8 data wires or the 2 extra wires too? (it's a 10pin socket).

 

I didn't get it to work because it has an internal isolator which prevented the thing to work if you solder directly to the pins;

normal way with a connector does work though, very weird.

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